There’s something to be said about the job that Nate McMillan has done as the interim head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Since taking over the job for the departed Lloyd Pierce, the team has soared up the standings, and sits fourth in the Eastern Conference at 29-25 after defeating its Southeast Division rival Charlotte Hornets on Sunday afternoon.
When the Hawks made the trade for Clint Capela, I was pretty happy. The Hawks only gave up a first-round pick and Evan Turner, and even if they got 2020 Clint Capela, this would have been a good trade.
Last night’s comeback win over the Hornets will be overshadowed by Miles Bridges’ dunk of the year on Clint Capela, but there are so many more positive things to take away from the game for Atlanta than Charolette.
When the Atlanta Hawks selected Onyeka Okongwu with the sixth pick in the 2020 draft, they were getting a gifted basketball player. While he is a little undersized to play the center position, has very little range on his shot, and does not create much for himself, Okongwu has a very specific skill set.
The Atlanta Hawks were in trouble before Bogdan Bogdanovic came back from injury two games before the All-Star break. They were in 11th position in the Eastern Conference standings and the front office had just installed interim coach Nate McMillan after firing Lloyd Pierce.
The Hawks fell behind in the fourth quarter before recovering to take victory The Atlanta Hawks made the short trip to Charlotte for a beautiful Sunday matinee against the Hornets, a game the Hawks had to work hard for but succeeded in defeating the Hornets 105-101 at Spectrum Center.
Coming off an ugly defensive performance in which they gave up 131 points to a league-average offense in the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday evening, the Atlanta Hawks needed to find some confidence on that end of the court.
State Farm Arena has been busy this week, with the Atlanta Hawks playing four games in their home venue over the course of only six days. The Hawks opened with two wins before a blowout loss on Wednesday and, on Friday evening, Atlanta welcomed the Chicago Bulls to town for an Eastern Conference matchup.
Former NBA point guard and Hofstra alum Speedy Claxton has taken the reigns as head coach at his alma mater. Claxton had been serving as an assistant. Claxton, 42, played for the Pride during the late 1990s, was was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2000 draft.
As the Atlanta Hawks continue their incredible push towards a home playoff seed, they are doing so without Cam Reddish. The 6’8″ combo wing player was in the starting lineup at the start of the season as the shooting guard playing alongside Trae Young.
It’s never too early to look ahead into what the Atlanta Hawks should look into this offseason. As the 2021 NBA Draft is set to take place on July 29, the Hawks have three draft picks where they can grab a young player who can make a difference.
Trae Young is a player that was criticized over the last few seasons due to his inability to lead his team to wins in the past. The Atlanta Hawks haven’t made the playoffs during the last two seasons, but that could potentially change this season.